Today is Day 2 of 100 Healthy Days. If you have read my blog previously you will probably know that I am a total sugar addict, adore carbs and live for cheese. Anything that your not supposed to eat on a healthy diet, I am totally and irrevocably in love with. And its true love, the kind that lasts a lifetime. So how do I break up with this love? I figure its by loving myself more?!
I’m tired, I have put on weight, I had cancer which has strong links to diet. I go through phases of eating well then eating crap then somewhere in the middle and this is what has led me to 100 Healthy Days. I have seen the 100 Happy Days on Facebook and 100 Active Days on Twitter, there seem to be many versions of this 100 day campaign going on so I decided to make my own that would suit me. They say it takes 30 days to make or break a habit so I am hoping after 100, it will become standard behaviour, even to a sugar-freak like me – that’s the plan anyway?!
I have found many versions of healthy eating and exercise, all with varying degrees of strictness so here is what I am going to do – I am not ‘giving up’ anything. I know me (surprisingly) and if I do that, I will do nothing but think about what I can’t have and be eating chocolate covered ice-cream before you can say Green Juice. This for me will all be about making better and healthier choices; for me that means;
- Making fruit and vegetables the bulk of my diet.
- Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day.
- Drinking a Green Juice everyday.
- Switching white for wholemeal grains.
- Choosing homemade food from fresh and clean ingredients.
That sort of thing.
A few websites I have found valuable in deciding how to do this are Deliciously Ella and 100 Days of Real Food (you are allowed wine in this one, result) and Cookbooks wise it’s, Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson and Clean and Lean Cookbook by James Duggan.
I don’t believe good health just come’s down to food, it’s exercise too. For that my mantra will be Move More! So even if it is just to walk somewhere locally that I would normally drive too, that will be more movement and get me my ‘Move More’ gold star for the day… Ohhh, I may actually make a sticker chart to hang next to the kids, such a geek, I know!
Sticker charts aside. My first day went well eating wise and today has gone well moving wise. Tomorrow I’m hoping for a bit more of a combination of the both. But I am pleased, all moving in the right direction. Just knowing I have decided to do this for 100 day’s seems to have made a big difference in my dedication to what I’m doing.
Coincidently, flicking through Good Housekeeping last night I found an article about giving anything up for 100 days and the impact it can have (what are the chances) and the author was specifically referencing the website Give It 100, you can do absolutely anything as long as it’s for 100 days and the site encourages users to post a daily blog charting their progress. They are inspirational and worth a look even if you aren’t sure about going ahead, or maybe you will be inspired to do 100 of something else.
Needless to say I will be updating my progress intermittently throughout the next 100 day’s, don’t worry you won’t be getting daily updates, but if you don’t already you can follow this blog by popping your email address in the box to the right (on a computer, below on your phone) and clicking follow and get updates straight to your inbox.
Wish me luck! Nx